Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Scottish Recipes - Coconut Ice Squares

OK, I was Blog surfing one night last week and came across a couple of great Blogs that hold a competition of sorts called Get Your Chef On (#GYCO) using a surprise ingredient

So I went ahead and signed myself up to share a recipe with that surprise ingredient and submit it to Julie over at
White lights on Wednesday and Jen over at Four Marrs & one Venus

White Lights on Wednesdays

The surprise ingredient this time round is Coconut

How fun, right?

I admit I was stumped for what to make, I mean after all, I had already made Scottish Snowballs and Scottish Coconut Macaroons and both are pretty awesome Scottish sweet treats that use oodles of coconut...

So what to make, what to make....

Well, what about Coconut Ice

Coconut ice

Coconut Ice isn't ice cream or ice pops as the title may lead you to believe

But its a crisp, pink and white sweet tablet type treat

I remember Coconut ice being sold in bake sales in Church fates or school fundraisers back in Scotland, and although its probably not as popular as Scottish Macaroon it can still hold its own as something sweet and tasty

Makes a slab to cut into squares

You will need

200g Coconut (the Scottish recipe calls for desiccated coconut but I used USA sweetened shredded coconut)
250g Icing/Powdered Sugar
200g Condensed Milk (I measured out 200ml from a 400ml can)
2 -3 Drops Red food coloring

  • Add the required amount of condensed milk to a large bowl

Condensed milk

  • Next sieve the Powdered /Icing Sugar into the same bowl
add powdered sugar

  • Mix both well with a wooden spoon until smooth
mix well

milk and powdered sugar

  • Add the coconut and mix in well, use your hands if it gets too stiff with the spoon (this part is mighty messy)
add coconut
mix well

  • Separate into two equal amounts, leaving one half in the bowl and other half to the side

  • To the mixture in the bowl, add a few drops of red food color, not too much, you want the mixture pink not red, and mix well

  • Sprinkle some powdered sugar onto a work surface and lay out the two mixtures
pink and white mixture

  • Using a rolling pin, roll out both mixtures separately to make two rectangles about 1 inch thick
rolled out mixture

  • Place the white rectangle on top of the pink rectangle
shaped into rectangle

  • Transfer onto a plate and using a spatula space and press into a neater slab
set in fridge

  • Place in fridge to set for 24 hours

  • Once set, trim and cut into squares
Coconut Ice


These can be stored in a container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week

mmmmm, yet another yummy treat that takes me back to my childhood

Thanks again, Julie at White lights on Wednesday and Jen at Four Marrs and one Venus

White Lights on Wednesdays


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  1. WOW! Now this looks fantastic!! How cool is this, I bet my boys would Love it! Thank you so much for partying it up with us!!

    1. Thanks, it was a favorite in our house, all gone pretty fast :)

  2. The look of these remind me of a coconut bar candy that I had when I was a child, which I loved. I'll have to figure out the conversions for the ingredients but I hope to make these soon. Gathering all the coconut recipes that I can from GYCO challenge since I love coconut. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    1. We all love coconut too, glad you are collecting them all, good idea

  3. Angela...what a unique desert! I will have to try this! Sara

  4. These look so yummy! They look perfect for a sweet treat at a party! Ooh...maybe a tea party for my girls? Yeah, they're going to think I'm Super Mom when I make these! Thanks SO much for sharing! :)

    1. You are welcome, glad you are thinking of making them for the tea party :)

  5. Wow these look so good! Thanks for sharing!

  6. What a unique treat! I've never seen anything like that before, but it sounds delicious.

    1. Thanks Monica, many Scottish sweet treats are just delicious, i am having fun re-creating them :)

  7. That looks so yummy! I love how easy it is to make! :)

  8. Hi! Visiting from Happy Hour Projects. These look so delish! And so simple to make too! Im pinning these so I can try them ASAP! PS.. howdy from a fellow Texan!

    If you get a chance I would love for you to share this at my Friday link party.. it just opened! :)

  9. Loving your recipe for GYCO. Definitely following your blog. My bf is in a local bagpipe band (he plays tenor) and we go to a lot of the highland games in AZ and Cali. So fun seeing some good Scottish food. Our friend Scott is going to freak when I make some of these recipes for him. He's a good Scottish boy (3rd gen American).

    1. Love hearing that my recipes will be loved, especially by people with Scottish connections, yay !!

  10. Sounds great! I love coconut desserts!

  11. I have never heard of this treat before! Yum! Thank you for linking to Foodie Friday! I'm a new follower on GFC too.

  12. Neat! It's so pretty & creative :) And thank you for introducing me to Get Your Chef On! I'll have to check out their next challenge!

    Visiting from Foodie Friday!

  13. These look flippin' awesome! I would really love if you could link up to Thursday Food Fest at http://www.theeaseoffreeze.com. I open Wed. eve at 7 pm. Hope to see you this next week. Sarah

  14. Hi! I found you on the I Gotta Try That Linky Party - these look really cool! (no pun intended!) I hope you'll come visit me at jugglingactmama.blogspot.com

  15. Sound like great fun and recipe is terrific. thanks for sharing it on foodie friday.

  16. Stopping by to say Hi from the blog hop. Come visit sometime, tea is cold and no shoes are required. Kathy B. http://www.southernmadeintheshade.blogspot.com new follower Fellow Texan I live in Austin.


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